John Steuart Curry: The Road Home

At last, a biography especially for young readers that celebrates the life and art of Kansas artist John Steuart Curry!

      As with many artists, John Steuart Curry's life was a constant struggle to fulfill his passion for painting while satisfying his critics.  People, including those of his own state, were not quick to embrace the rolling farm scenes and rural events that were often depicted in his paintings.  Even the giant murals Curry painted in the Kansas State Capitol were met with negative comments. 
      Now, however, turn the pages as the author tells of John Steuart Curry's life, using his beautiful paintings to illustrate his rural upbringing and adult career.  Follow the turns of his life's path, which often led back to Kansas.  Finally, read about the legacy left to Kansas State University by his late wife, who donated over 900 pieces of Curry's artwork to the Beach Museum of Art.  
      Yes, the road has been long, but finally John Steuart Curry is home!

Reader Response:
"I sat right down and read it from cover to cover.  It is magnificent!!!"
Ruth Ann Wefald,  Kansas State University
"The book is GREAT!  I love the illustrations, mixing photographs with paintings.  Thank you for writing this book.  It is a treasure."
Meg Curry Gregg, niece of John Steuart Curry
" (The book) is professionally done and we appreciate having it in our collection.Our classes are planning a trip to the Capitol and I'm sure we will use it."
Marjorie Loyd, Media Specialist
McEachron Elementary School


Related Websites:

Kansas Portrait from the Kansas State Historical Society

Curry's Statehouse Studies, Kansas State Historical Society

View more of Curry's paintings or find additional information from a recent PBS article titled Curry's Kansas.

Beach Museum of Art Kansas State University



This beautiful 9x11 hardback book with full color images of Curry's work is available for $23.95.  The book was published by Leathers Publishing Company, which is no longer in business.  Only a few copies are left.
To order your copy of
Alice Bertels at

                           Winner of the

John Steuart Curry Portrait by Emily Bertels

Many items related to the life and art of John Steuart Curry are on display for the public at the Curry Boyhood Home and Museum located in Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa, Kansas.  Old Jefferson Town is open weekends from March to September.

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